Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Hidden Treasure

“I was a hidden treasure and wanted to be known.” This is the beginning of the probably most famous hadith qudsi, or extra-Qur’anic Word of God, ḥadiṯs-e kanz-e maḵf. Its more correct translation might be as follows: “I was a … Continue reading

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Mobile Phone?

Dutch Army Sergeant Major Jan, 2nd Platoon, E-company, Battle Group-7, Task Force Uruzgan, talks to an Afghan village elder about the needs of his community. Jan also discussed the importance of Afghan people getting involved with local government to improve … Continue reading

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Nice Try

Iran’s Vice President, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, has recently been heavily chastised by a majority of Majlis members for his surprising statement, the American and Israeli peoples (!) are friends of Iran. The Head of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and … Continue reading

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A Tough Week Ahead

Ramadan is coming to an end soon. In Iran and some Arab countries, on the last Friday of the Holy Month, the so-called International Quds Day sees anti-Zionist demonstrations opposing Israel’s control of Jerusalem (Quds). Especially in Iran, where the … Continue reading

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From Aradan

    Kasra Naji. Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran’s Radical Leader. University of California Press, Berkeley 2008, 312 pages.  There is an urgent need for an unbiased and more detailed analysis of the origins of this son of a … Continue reading

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